- EFCC has arraigned Charles Jide-Oni, who claims to be a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, for engaging in advanced fee fraud
- The anti-graft agency arraigned Jide-Oni alongside 12 other internet fraud suspects at a Federal High Court in Lagos
- The court granted Jide-Oni bail in the tune of N10 million and two sureties in like sum but ordered him remanded in Ilesha prison until he is able to meet the bail conditions
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Charles Jide-Oni, who claims to be a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, for allegedly obtaining money under false pretence and engaging in advanced fee fraud.
According to a statement on EFCC's official Facebook page, Jide-Oni, 60, was arraigned on Wednesday, September 4, alongside 12 internet fraud suspects before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The names of the other suspects were given as Temitope Fatolu, Olaleye Kolapo, Madukife Ifeanyi Azuka, Fatanmi Yinka Sunday and Adebayo Bolaji Adeyinka.
Others are Adeleke Peter, Adebowale, Oyewunmi Toulope Michael, Bello Ayoade Jalal Arikalam, Owolabi Toheeb Toluope, Abdullahi Abdulazeez Oluwatobi and Adesina Adewale.
The commission said its attention was drawn to the alleged illegal financial activities of Jide-Oni when some of his alleged victims wrote a petition to the agency.
Jide-Oni had allegedly swindled his victims of several millions of naira through his fraudulent acts.
However, Justice Oweibo granted him bail in the tune of N10 million and two sureties in like sum, following the application of his lawyer.
According to the bail conditions, the sureties must be of Grade Level 10 in the civil service and must be resident in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
The court ordered Jide-Oni remanded in Ilesha prison until he is able to meet his bail conditions and adjourned the substantive hearing to October 14.
Obafemi Awolowo University is yet to confirm or debunk Jide-Oni's claim that he is a lecturer in the institution.
Meanwhile, EFCC has vowed to publish names of Nigerians politicians sponsored into office by internet fraudsters.
This was revealed by the acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, at a press conference on Port Harcourt where he was represented by Abdulrasheed Bawa who is the head of the commission in the zone.
He said the collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yielded arrests and called for support of Nigerians in the fight against cybercrime.
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